Alex Trebek Shares Cancer Treatment Update During the Pandemic: "It's Paying Off"

Zee Krstic
Photo credit: Courtesy of ABC / Jeopardy!
Photo credit: Courtesy of ABC / Jeopardy!

From Prevention

  • Alex Trebek is working on new Jeopardy! clips during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The show is currently airing old favorites until filming can safely resume.

  • The 79-year-old host shared an update on his battle with stage-4 pancreatic cancer, which he was diagnosed with more than a year ago.

  • He says that his treatment "fatigues me a great deal," but also adds that his "numbers are good, and I'm feeling great."

Alex Trebek has been quite busy during his time away from the Jeopardy! set. Apart from quarantining, he's finished a new memoir, which is slated to be released next week. But Trebek has also faced more of a challenge than many during the coronavirus pandemic: He's carried on with treatment for stage-4 pancreatic cancer, a health plight that he's been fighting for more than a year with the support of his family, friends, and fans.

In a new video update, Trebek admits that his treatment during the pandemic has been tough: "I’ve been continuing my treatment and it is paying off, although ... It does fatigue me a great deal," he shared. Despite the challenge, though, Trebek adds, "my numbers are good, and I'm feeling great."

Trebek, who's gearing up to celebrate his 80th birthday on July 22, seemed to be in great spirits, too, even joking about his new facial hair. He also shared that he's recording brand new show openings this month as Jeopardy! is planning a special program: "For the first time ever, we’re going to open the Jeopardy! vaults and take another look at some of our favorite episodes."

In reaction to the health update, Trebek's fans penned encouraging words to the Jeopardy! host. "I wish you the best, Alex. Stay strong and I look forward to the book!" one fan wrote. Another said, "Fantastic to hear from you. You look and sound great. Thank you for your update and looking forward to our nightly half hour together."

The next Jeopardy! season is slated to film in September, as contestant auditions recently resumed via Zoom video conferences. Trebek says he'll be right there when the time comes: "I can't wait to return to the studio and start recording shows for the new season ... Meanwhile, my wish for all of you? Stay safe."

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